New Delhi: When it comes to celebrating national heroes, no one does it better than Bollywood. While we may not have witnessed the sheer magic that our soldiers show on the battle ground, we have lived every bit of these historical moments through our films.
Today, December 16, is observed as Vijay Diwas in the country to commemorate the heroics of our soldiers who led India to glory in Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. And in these 49 years, Bollywood has made a handful of films which give a thorough viewing into India’s victory in the gruesome war.
As we mark the anniversary of Vijay Diwas, here’re some films that you can watch today to relive the surreal moments of Indo-Pak war of 1971:
Raazi, directed by Meghna Gulzar, is a story of an Indian spy, who married a Pakistani Army officer in 1971 only to gather information to be sent back home. The film featured Alia Bhatt as Sehmat and Vicky Kaushal as the Pakistani officer. It is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s 2008 novel titled ‘Calling Sehmat’.
Romeo Akbar Walter (2019)
Romeo Akbar Walter, known by its acronym RAW, is an espionage thriller based on 1971 war. Starring John Abraham, Jackie Shroff in lead roles, the film told the chronicles of Racinder Koshik’s life who was an Indian Spy working as a major in Pakistani Army. It is one of the most recent films based on Indo-Pak war of 1971.
One of the best of its kinds, Border, directed by J. P. Dutta, is based on the battle of Longewala from the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The film, starring Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty and Akshaye Khanna among others, revolved around a band of 120 Indian soldiers in Longewala region who fought till their last breath to save the border.
Hindustan ki Kasam(1973)
One of the first films based on the said topic, Hindustan Ki Kasam directed by Chetan Anand showed the warfare and its futility despite its glory. The film released in 1973 starred Raaj Kumar, Amjad Khan and Amrish Puri in pivotal roles and mostly depicted the role of Indian Air Force in 1971 war.
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyon(2004)
Released in 2004, the film was set a couple of decades after the 1971 war while presented the events as a flashback based on the war. The film featuring an ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Divya Kumar Khosla among others, didn’t do well commercially but garnered praises for its one of a kind concept.
While many films have been made on Indo-Pak war of 1971, there are still numerous heroes of the war whose stories are yet to be told. Meghna Gulzar will be back with one such story which will depict the role of India’s first field Marshal, Sam Manekshaw, iin 1971 war. It will star URI actor Vicky Kaushal in the titular role.